Cal Prof May Not Have to Answer for War Crimes

Torture memo author won't be tried by Spanish courts in absentia

John Yoo, the former Bush administration lawyer who crafted the decisions supporting the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and narrow definition of torture, may not have to face a trial in Spanish courts.

Candido Conde Pumpido, the Spanish attorney general, recommended that the country's investigating magistrate not pursue six Americans accused of laying the legal framework for detention and interrogation of suspected terrorists.

Judge Baltasar Garzon had been asked to look into a case against administration officials, including Yoo.

Garzon is best known for convincing the UK to help bring former Chilean dictator Augustin Pinochet to justice.

Yoo currently teaches at the University of California School of Law, and authored the memos in question while working at the Department of Justice.

He later served as Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff.

The Spanish attorney generals decision isn't final, but for now it looks like the only judgment Yoo will have to face is the steely glares from leftists on campus.

Jackson West figures Yoo thought "water boarding in the Caribbean" sounded kinda fun.

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